Hala Khouri, MA, E-RYT, is cofounder of Off The Mat, Into The World®, an organization offering training programs combining yoga and sustainable activism, and is director of their Empowered Youth Initiative. She has dedicated her life to teaching yoga and leading transformational retreats and workshops.
Khouri has been teaching yoga and the movement arts for more than 20 years, drawing inspiration from Ashtanga Yoga and Iyengar Yoga, somatic psychology, and ecopsychology. She wrote her master’s thesis on using yoga and other complementary disciplines for self-empowerment to inspire a global shift toward peaceful and sustainable living. She is also a somatic experiencing practitioner and focuses on trauma's impact on the body-mind and ways to resolve it.
Hala Khouri has taught yoga and the movment arts to a wide variety of people and places ranging form juvenile detention centers, mental health hospitals, and police stations, to yoga studios, conference halls, and jungles.